(Editor’s note: This is a cable from the files of the State Department that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.)
UNCLASSIFIED FBB 082
[Listing of agencies receiving informational copies on pdf]
0 R 081740Z APR 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2153
INFO AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 1567
BOGOTA FOR LEGATT
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE) (BEIKMAN, CHARLES)
SUBJ: BEIKMAN SENTENCED
REF: GEORGETOWN 1506
1. Charles Beikman was sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment of at least five years for the attempted murder of Stephanie Jones on November 18, 1978. The sentence was handed down this morning, Tuesday, April 8, 1980, by High Court Justice Kennard. With time off for good behavior prisoner can expect to serve forty months from the effective date, April 1, 1980.
2. The charges of the murders of Sharon Amos and her three children remain outstanding, although it may be that they will not be pressed.
Roberts [George B. Roberts, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]